Our mission is to create a digital butler. A conversational software tool designed to help organise oneself, automate tasks, connect to one's home, and find information.
The Cyman Mark series are all components of the Cyman System.
First of all, we want to convey that this is a alpha version. The purpose is to see if what we have been doing really is wanted out there, and see what we need to do to improve it. The reason we started with Android is for 3 reasons:
Cost of money - We are doing this on the side, and have a number of other important endeavours that require our financial resources. It is simply cheaper developing for Android especially at a prototyping stage.
Cost of time - We are more familiar with Android's system. We have put off a release date for so long, we had to get a fix on a date.
Testing - On our team, we use Android 4.1 or more. We cannot reliably say our app works well with iOS (or even other Android versions for that matter) without thoroughly testing the actual phone.
Having said that, if this venture is successful, we fully intend to spread to iOS and other devices!
Feedback and donation! As we are in alpha so far, we are relying on your comments feedback on our community page. We have hundreds of users ready to help each other out. Whilst we may not reply to each individual email, we do read each one and give ourselves work to do based on those.
We have a donate button on the home page. We are doing this work out of our own time and money, so donations will help to keep the project afloat!
Cyman Mark 2 utilises the default text-to-speech software on your Android phone. If you can't hear any responses, first tell Cyman to unmute or give the command "speech mode on". If that still does not work, check you have a working text-to-speech feature in your Settings menu (usually under Language and Input).
The male British voice demonstrated in our promotional video comes from the English (UK) setting of the Google Nexus text-to-speech engine. Of course you can always set your default speech engine to an external app from Google Play (like IVONA or SVOX for example)